Technology Blog Review – SCAMMERS BE CAREFUL

by on Dec.29, 2019, under Uncategorized

I just wanted to write a review about my last interaction with Previously, we had always bought certain products from here and they were reliable, helpful, and always delivered.

Unfortunately, they have now turned into a deceitful company and have been engaging in possible fraud. That’s right – buyer be warned.

A few years ago, the SSL community changed the max age of ssl certificated from 5 years to 4 years, to 3 years, now down to 2 year max. This meant that average order values for companies like plummeted by 50%. Unfortunately, their customer acquisition did not drop at all, it even possibly increased during this time span as more competitors came to light. Additionally, LetsEncrypt also came about offering free ssl certificates and eating into market share.

Now here comes the genius minds at with a bridge to sell you (reference to the old, I have the Brooklyn Bridge to sell you scam). They start offering a 4 year certificate for you to buy. That’s right, the max is 2 years, but they begin selling a 4 year cert. When you dig into it, it’s 2 x 2yr certs. Cool, that’s fine I thought. Being in the industry I knew 4 years were not longer available and they found a neat work around to get bulk orders and they walk you through the proces sof what they are doing. Nothing shady there. Your getting a discount for buying 2 certs and you understand that after 2 years you have to activate the 2nd 2yr cert. Cool. Fair Game.

But then I guess sales weren’t that good. Because why buy 2 x 2yr certs when you really only need a cert for now and who knows what is going to happen in 2 yrs + from now. So I’m guessing sales weren’t too hot, because now we get onto the scam part. Now when you buy a 2yr certificate, they give you a 2 x 1 year certificates. They tell you to come back in one year to get your next year. Your not getting the 2 year certificate that you purchased.

That’s right, they make it a hassle to get your two years up front – they don’t even sell you it. It’s now 2 x 1yr certs you get. Which is not industry standard.

The problem here is that there is no mention of this on the product detail pages or anywhere else. They advertise and sell the product (a 2 yr certificate) as the same product that you buy anywhere else. They are a re-seller, so the same product is available elsewhere and when price comparing or shopping apples to apples, you really believe it is an apple your getting.

However, if you bought the 2 year certificate elsewhere, you’d be issued a 2 year certificate. You would not be issued a 1yr certificate and told to come back in 1yr to get a new certificate. Each time you come back is a hassle, you have to reactivate, possibly re-upload files, work with your hosting company, some hosting companies charge a fee for certificate installation and testing, etc.

So when your being told that your buying a 2 year certificate and then your being issues a 1 year certificate – that can only be explained as fraud.

If you want a 2yr certificate from them, your now stuck buying the fake 4 year certificate so you can get the 2 x 2yr certificates.

Imagine going to buy an Audi A8. imagine you price shop between two dealers and then you decide to go with the slightly cheaper dealership. Now imagine when you sign everything, and hand them cash, they bring you in the back and they give you an A4. They then tell you in a year to return this A4 and then they will give you another A4. That’s not what you bought! You bought an A8 – not an A4.

Plain and simple -this company has become a bunch of scam artist. Playing cheap tricks on their customers all in the name of a quick buck.

This has apparently started on December 11th (or so), 2019. I hope they see their scammy ways in 2020 and reverse ship. Otherwise previously loyal customers who have ordered 100+ certs will leave in droves.

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Recovering from Partially deleted /var on Centos

by on Jul.18, 2019, under Uncategorized

We had someone do a rm -Rf /var instead of rm -Rf var inside a project folder. If your reading this, you probably know the pain.

The admin ctrl+c ed the rm after a few seconds/minutes when the command didn’t finish as quickly as he expected it to.

Lucky for us, we were able to run yum, and rpm -qa still worked.

If your in the same boat and

yum info

works, we have a shot of rebuilding the box.

The first step is to run

rpm -Va > /root/missing.txt

Once this completes you will want to print out just the missing stuff:

cat /root/missing.txt |grep missing

Next you will want to use a multi line select tool or sed or something to take each line that starts with missing and then populate rpm -q --whatprovides around it. For example:

rpm -q --whatprovides /var/account
rpm -q --whatprovides /var/lib/mailman
rpm -q --whatprovides /var/lib/mailman/archives
rpm -q --whatprovides /var/lib/mailman/archives/private
rpm -q --whatprovides /var/lib/mailman/archives/public
rpm -q --whatprovides /var/lib/mailman/data
rpm -q --whatprovides /var/lib/mailman/data/sitelist.cfg
rpm -q --whatprovides /var/lib/mailman/lists
rpm -q --whatprovides /var/lib/mailman/spam

You will now want to run these commands and take note of the rpm's returned.

For example:

[bessig@after ~]$ rpm -q --whatprovides /var/lib/mailman
[bessig@after ~]$ rpm -q --whatprovides /var/lib/mailman/archives
[bessig@after ~]$ rpm -q --whatprovides /var/lib/mailman/archives/private
[bessig@after ~]$ rpm -q --whatprovides /var/lib/mailman/archives/public
[bessig@after ~]$ rpm -q --whatprovides /var/lib/mailman/data
[bessig@after ~]$ rpm -q --whatprovides /var/lib/mailman/data/sitelist.cfg
[bessig@after ~]$ rpm -q --whatprovides /var/lib/mailman/lists
[bessig@after ~]$ rpm -q --whatprovides /var/lib/mailman/spam

We can see we need to reinstall mailman-2.1.12-26.el6_9.3.x86_64.

So fire off:

yum reinstall mailman-2.1.12-26.el6_9.3.x86_64

Sometimes you may get a message from yum telling you it can no longer find that package. In this case you may need to run:

yum update mailman

In rare cases, you may need to find the rpm and manually reinstall it.

In our case, mysql was completely messed up, so we had to reinstall mysql, and then bring over the backup dumps and reimport them. Luckily for us, our most recent backup completed 4 minutes before this happened.

Once you think your done, rerun

rpm -Va > /root/missing.txt

and make sure this returns nothing:

cat /root/missing.txt |grep missing

Hope this helps. There's also a way to recover from a fully deleted /var directory (where the admin doesn't cancel the command).

I have done that before and will hope to do a write up in the future.

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Accept.js error E_WC_14:Accept.js encryption failed

by on Jul.06, 2017, under Uncategorized

I much like many people over the forums was receiving this error. seems to be clueless on what this error is or what it even does. Their official documentation even skips over this error message, not even mentioning it.

The problem is that the Accept.js library will catch ANY js error and throw its own handler which will give out this code. What does that mean? It means that even thought is telling you there’s an error with thier response, its most likely a JS error on your page.

For example, in my case I had something like this:

input type="input" id="firstName"

The problem above is that #first_name is undefined because I am using camel case when I define it. So in this case, I had a JS error on my page. Unfortunately’s Accept.js module catches ANY js error and throws this silly error message that makes you scratch your head and think anything from SSL, to the tokens are wrong.

Hopefully this post saves someone time. I know this problem ate about 2-3 hours of my time. Looking at the forums, it looks like many people have wasted way more time.

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Wicker Patio Furniture

by on Jun.20, 2017, under Uncategorized

We began recently working with a new client called Wicker Warehouse, located in Hackensack, NJ. They’ve been in business since 1978, so they know a thing or two about Wicker Patio Furniture, Outdoor Wicker Dining Sets, and Wicker Chairs. Needless to say I know where I will be buying my outdoor furniture from now. The biggest difference is that this stuff is made of quality. The stuff you see on overstock and amazon for a hundred or two cheaper won’t even make it past 2 years. From a marketing perspective it makes an interesting challenge for us – because most of our clients want repeat business. Unfortunately, the product is just so darn good, the repeat business is many years away, so we have to focus on new customer acquisition always! It’s making for a fun and challenging project for sure.

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[Solved] AMD FX-9590 Lockups, System UnStable, retsarting itself.

by on Mar.27, 2017, under Windows

I built an AMD FX-9590 System almost 1 year ago, and I had no problems for almost one year.  Then I started having a ton.



Random Restarting

The first issue was that the computer would randomly restart itself.  After going through a ton of debugging steps including reseeding and replacing ram the root cause of this was due to overheating.  I have a corsair water cooling system and dust had built up on the radiator unit and was causing the radiator not to cool down.  The radiator was so hot, one could not touch it with their bare hands.  A can of air and dusting that off, seems to have resolved that issue.


System Instability

About a week or two later after the random restarting, the computer would just lock up.  Sometimes it would lock up 5 minutes after a reboot, other times it would make it a whole 4 or 8 hours.  Even sometimes a full day or two.  I tried a bunch of things, but what really seemed to work was the following.  Please note, I did all these things at once, and since they seemed to work, and I don’t care to play around with the machine anymore, I am keeping all of these things set!  So i don’t know exactly which specific setting or set of settings fixed it.


  • AI Tweaker-> AMD Turbo Core – Disable
  • Disable Cool N Quiet
  • Auto Boost – Off
  • C1 and c6 states – disabled
  • Installed, and mounted a side case fan, that flows directly onto the northbridge heatsink on the motherboard.

Since I have done the above, the system has been stable, for 4 days now, and has not locked up once.  I am writing these to hopefully help someone else.  Many of these tips I found on tom’s hardware with people having the same issues – so big thanks there!

UPDATE: the lock ups came back. I wound up re pasting the cpu with new thermal paste and cleaning out all fans and dust from the radiator. I have not had a single lock up since.

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check_mk local checks not working

by on Apr.25, 2016, under Uncategorized

So today I used a mysql replication check found here:

But I couldn’t get it to work.  I created the /usr/lib/check_mk_agent/local/ folder that all of the documentation says you need to put the script into.  I reinventoried, and did everything.  It wasn’t being found.  Then after an hour of searching I came across this gem:

check_mk_agent | head | grep Local

It told me that my local folder was in a different spot:

[root@web2 check_mk_agent]# check_mk_agent | head | grep Local
LocalDirectory: /usr/share/check-mk-agent/local


I moved the script there and wham!  It worked!

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Debragga Magento Conversion

by on Apr.23, 2016, under Magento

So we’ve recently worked on converting into a Magento site from a very uncommon platform called vsadmin.  It’s been absolutely stellar.  The design and everything else transferred over, so it was mainly just a back end conversion.  But we’ve seen seo rankings increase, ease of updating products and descriptions, and the availability of all the opportunities that the magento eco system has to offer.

We’ve configured everything as bundled products since everything in the warehouse is a single “part”.  Everything on the site is then broken down into a package containing the sku’s of all the parts that make up the package.  This has helped simplify the pick and pack process tremendously and allowed for quicker training and the allowance of seasonal pickers and packers to assist during busy times.

Anyway, if you haven’t had Dry Aged Beef, or Kobe Beef, I definitely suggest you head over to Debragga and get some!  Your mouth will thank you.



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Magento 2 Attribute ‘setup_version’ is missing for module

by on Nov.29, 2015, under Magento, Web Development

WHen greeted by the error message:

Attribute 'setup_version' is missing for module

This is because the attribute schema_version has changed to setup_version at some point in the M2 development cycle.

Should now be:

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Magento 2 Recoverable Error: Argument 1 passed to Training\Test\Controller\Action\Config::__construct() must be an instance of Magento\Framework\App\Action\Context

by on Nov.29, 2015, under Magento, Web Development

I’m creating the test module form the Magento 2 Development Fundamentals course from Magento and ran accross the below error:

Recoverable Error: Argument 1 passed to Training\Test\Controller\Action\Config::__construct() must be an instance of Magento\Framework\App\Action\Context

I found out that the example they gave, they omitted the constructor in the Config.php controller. So let’s add that in:

public function __construct(
\Magento\Framework\App\Action\Context $context,
\Magento\Framework\View\Result\PageFactory $resultPageFactory
) {
$this->resultPageFactory = $resultPageFactory;

Then lastly, since I already tried to run it, I had to clear out some of my var folders and then recompile:

[bessig@dev htdocs]$ sudo rm -Rf var/generation/*
[bessig@dev htdocs]$ sudo rm -Rf var/di
[bessig@dev htdocs]$ sudo rm -Rf var/cache/*
[bessig@dev htdocs]$ sudo rm -Rf var/page_cache/*
[bessig@dev htdocs]$ bin/magento setup:di:compile

Hopefully this helps someone.

Also they did not supply a routes.xml The one I used is as follows:

The page you will call using this route will be: /testing/action/config

Hopefully this saves someone some time! Let me know if your one of the people it helped!

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by on Jun.29, 2015, under Linux

So we use check_mk pretty extensively for all of our servers for health monitoring. Today we added a brand new bare metal centos 7 minimal install on-sit test server to nagios.

We were getting this strange service when we added the box to be invetnoried:
CRITICAL 06-29-2015 13:43:49 3d 5h 14m 51s 3/3 CRIT - could not be resolved

I couldn’t figure out what this check does so I took a peak at the git repo, and saw that its doing a nslooup.  Well my box didn’t have nslookup installed, so a quick

sudo yum install bind-utils -y

seem to do the trick!

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